The American can-do attitude crops up in peculiar ways. Every four years -- just in time for the election -- US politicians, playing on the belief that a competent President is near omnipotent, fixate (unrealistically) on the ability of a single country with oversized demand and sagging supplies to bring down gas prices.
In this election cycle, first it was Michelle Bachman.
More recently, it was Newt Gingrich.
For a humorous take, here's how Dummies respond